The installer of Visual C++ Redistributable may insecurely load Dynamic Link Libraries


The installer of Visual C++ Redistributable provided Microsoft contains an issue with the DLL search path, which may lead to insecurely loading Dynamic Link Libraries in the same directory as the installer (CWE-427).
Microsoft states that the root cause of this vulnerability is "Application Directory (App Dir) DLL planting" and attacks exploiting this vulnerability are limited, thus there is no plan to release any security updates to address this issue.

For details, refer to "Application Directory (App Dir) DLL planting" released by Microsoft.
CVSS Severity (What is CVSS?)

CVSS V3 Severity:
Base Metrics 7.8 (High) [IPA Score]
  • Attack Vector: Local
  • Attack Complexity: Low
  • Privileges Required: None
  • User Interaction: Required
  • Scope: Unchanged
  • Confidentiality Impact: High
  • Integrity Impact: High
  • Availability Impact: High
CVSS V2 Severity:
Base Metrics 6.8 (Medium) [IPA Score]
  • Access Vector: Network
  • Access Complexity: Medium
  • Authentication: None
  • Confidentiality Impact: Partial
  • Integrity Impact: Partial
  • Availability Impact: Partial
Affected Products

Microsoft Corporation
  • Visual C++ Redistributable Package


Arbitrary code may be executed with the privilege of the user invoking the installer.

[Apply Workaround]
Applying the following workarounds may mitigate the impacts of this vulnerability.

* Save the installer into a newly created directory, and confirm there are no unrelated files in the directory then invoke the installer.
* Make sure there are no suspicious files in the directory where the installer is saved.
Vendor Information

Microsoft Corporation
CWE (What is CWE?)

  1. No Mapping(CWE-Other) [IPA Evaluation]
CVE (What is CVE?)

  1. CVE-2018-0599

  1. JVN : JVN#81196185
  2. JVN : JVNTA#91240916
  3. National Vulnerability Database (NVD) : CVE-2018-0599
Revision History

  • [2018/05/17]
      Web page was published
  • [2019/07/05]
      References : Content was added